Considering China Webinar Series
In the face of a new "normal" in the field of higher education, and the simultaneous decoupling of the U.S.-China relationship, the China Center has been challenged to find new and innovative ways to carry out our mission. We have developed a new webinar series, "Considering China," to explore important topics related to China's many facets and to encourage meaningful conversations and reflections. This webinar series has not only attracted audiences from the University of Minnesota, but from greater Minnesota, across the nation, and around the world who engage with China in their work or interests.
First Vote Film Screening and Panel Discussion
October 28, 2020
Webinar explores what U.S. and Chinese cities can learn from each other
On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, more than 60 attendees gathered over livestream to hear Dr. Yingling Fan, a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota, present on the topic, “Urbanization in the U.S. and China: What We Can Learn From Each Other.”
From “Sick Man of Asia” to “Sick Uncle Sam”: Tracing the History of a Trope
On Thursday, September 24, Marta Hanson, associate professor of the history of East Asian medicine at Johns Hopkins University, presented on the racist “sick man of Asia” trope and its recent reversal to the trope of “sick Uncle Sam.” In this timely and engaging discussion, Dr. Hanson explored the history behind the relative success of East Asian countries in addressing the COVID-19 virus compared to the United States.
Pipa Master Gao Hong Shares Her Musical Journey
On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, more than 75 attendees gathered over livestream to attend the webinar, “Blending Cultures Through Music: An Interview with World-Renowned Pipa Master Gao Hong.” In a lively discussion facilitated by Qiuxia Welch, training program specialist at the China Center, Professor Gao Hong guided the audience through an overview of the pipa instrument and its history, basics of pipa playing, and her own journey of building cultural bridges through music.
Tracing 40 Years of Wildlife Conservation in China
Conservationist Jim Harkness took the audience through 40 years of conservation efforts in China, while sharing stories from his own experience working with environmental organizations.
Delving Into International Law in a Time of Pandemic
Chang Wang and Alexander Morawa, both experienced lawyers and senior partners
at Kingsfield Law Office, explored questions around possible liability or legal consequences
under public international law and U.S. law for the pandemic-related action or inaction of states.
Webinar Focuses on the U.S.-China Relationship
On Thursday, May 28, 2020, more than 180 attendees gathered over livestream to join the webinar, “The U.S. and China: Five Realities Beneath the Sound and the Fury,” presented by Diplomat in Residence Thomas Hanson. In a period of greater economic and political estrangement between the two countries, Mr. Hanson’s timely presentation provided useful context for the current challenges in the U.S.-China relationship.
China Center Hosts Webinar on Xenophobia
In "How Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus," Professor Erika Lee traced the history of anti-Chinese discrimination in the United States, including discriminatory attitudes and immigration policies. Professor Lee also outlined the role that disease and pandemics have played in xenophobia and xenophobic and racist policies.